Okay, so while I have to admit I’m not exactly wild about its interiors — too Barney Rubble meets Patrick Bateman for my tastes — it’s still worth admiring landscape architect W. Garrett Carlson’s Joshua Tree Boulder House.

Situated on 2.5 acres in, not surprisingly, the middle of desolate, boulder-strewn desert near California’s Joshua Tree National Park, the front façade of the 1,700-square-foot abode is camouflaged by a giant faux concrete boulder.

Giant faux concrete boulder? Yeah, a bit of a concept-y letdown after seeing the really Flintstonian Casa do Penedo in Portugal, but in terms of homes that seamlessly blend into the natural environment, Carlson’s imaginative, two-bedroom creation truly plays tricks on the eyes.

Hiding under the faux boulder shield, the home itself is constructed from metal, glass, wood and concrete. The structure also boasts eco-features such as radiant floor heating and cooling, super-thick foam insulation, low-e windows, a sod roof, and drought-resistant landscaping.

And what’s more, the Joshua Tree Boulder House is for sale, recently reduced from $1.35 million to $975,000. Watch the video below where Carlson explains his sustainable design intentions and a narrator really tries to sell the house with an arsenal of "M" adjectives: magical, majestic, modern, mysterious, mind-blowing, etc. Whatever adjectives you throw at it, I’m thinking that when the eventual buyer of the Joshua Tree Boulder House throws a housewarming soiree, he or she will need to direct guests to the home with a bit more than a street address and a few stray party balloons affixed to the mailbox.

What do you think of the home? Does it look too much like the entrance to a Disneyland attraction or are drawn to the way that the home melds into the desert landscape?

Via [Gizmodo], [ArchDaily]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.